I'm a little far behind and didn't get a chance yet to post pictures of last Sunday's hike. I went to an area just outside of town called Bear Mountain. I've hiked around a little in that area, but not a lot so I decided to go check it out more. It's forest service land too, but it's very close to private land as it's on the edge of some of the Gila national Forest.
First I stopped in one place and went to follow a dirt forest service road to see where it would go and where it would take me.
It's just so peaceful to go out and hike. I come back tired but rejuvenated too. It's my therapy. Walking among nature is just so awesome, wherever the road takes me.
Some places had sand but it wasn't too bad. Sand is harder to walk through but this is easier than some places I've been.
It doesn't show it in the pictures so much, but it was a steady downhill for quite a ways. Which I knew meant i'd be going uphill back to the car. I reall prefer to do the uphill first and coming back be going downhill, which happens quite a bit around here in places I hike, but this was the opposite.
Then I started climbing up hill a little ways, until I reached a locked fence that had a No Hunting sign on it and I'm sure it led into private land. The road continued on the other side. It didn't say No Trespassing, so I was tempted to go climb through the fence, but just didn't feel right about it. Usually the trespassing signs are posted on private land.
So I turned around and walked back to the car. Altogether, according to my gps, it was a total of 2.52 miles when I got back to the car. I was not ready to stop hiking, and so I drove further down the road to find another place to explore. There are lots of them out there. I took a few pictures of the scenery as I was driving to find a new place.
These were when I got to a mesa and could see further.
This is going to get really long so I'm going to stop here and do a separate blog on the second hike to keep from making it too long.